Joelle Ertl, senior, Holdingford
Sometimes a player’s impact on team success can be difficult to measure. That wasn’t really the case with Ertl, the Record Player of the Year. The Huskers’ point guard spearheaded a remarkable transformation from a 5-20 record a year ago to a 20-6 mark this season, earning the Central Minnesota Conference Player of the Year Award. Ertl averaged 21.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 4.3 assists per game.
Melanie Dorn, sophomore, Little Falls
Despite being hampered much of the season with an achilles injury, the high-energy Dorn still served as a dangerous floor leader for the Flyers throughout the winter, landing a spot on the All-Granite Ridge Conference first team. The Little Falls offense was at its best with the ball in Dorn’s hands, as she led the team with 9.2 points and 2.2 assists per game, while also averaging 2.8 rebounds and 2.7 steals a night.
Emily Fussy, senior, Royalton
Fussy not only played whatever position the injury-riddled Royals needed her to play, she thrived at all of them. Fussy’s ability to score from the perimeter and attacking the basket led her to a 15.7-point per game average and a spot on the All-Prairie Conference first team. She also pulled down 5.6 rebounds per game and averaged 2.5 steals per game defensively.
Kaelin Smieja, senior, Upsala
Smieja picked up right where she left off last season when she tied a state tournament three-point shooting record, excelling from beyond the arc in a way few players, let alone forwards, can. Smieja knocked down 50 shots from three-point range on the season en route to a 10.6 point-per game average, while also grabbing 2.9 rebounds and nearly a steal per game.
Bridget Bednar, senior, Pierz
Bednar served as the anchor of Pierz’ powerful interior this winter, often willing the Pioneers to victory in a season-ending five-game winning streak. The first team All-Central Minnesota Conference center Bednar routinely recorded double-doubles throughout the season, nearly averaging one on the season with 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, along with 3.4 steals a contest.
Sarah Gold, sophomore, Little Falls
Jordan Schuett, sophomore, Little Falls
Tiara Hopkins, senior, Pierz
Kayla Carter, junior, Pierz
Danica Hanson, junior, Swanville
Steph Koetter, junior, Swanville
Katie Rippinger, senior, Upsala
Brooke Westrich, junior, Upsala
Katlin Welinski, freshman, Upsala
Sam Maciej, senior, Holdingford